Centennial Honors College

General Honors Courses




Wealth Management: (1)  The purpose of this course is to understand how excess money should be smartly invested in stocks, bonds, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit.  Included in the course is a discussion of internal and external factors that materially affect this “allocation of assets” decision.  How these investable assets should be spread across regular (taxable) investment accounts and retirement (tax-free or tax deferred) accounts is also addressed by the course.  Within this structure, a somewhat detailed understanding of how stocks and bonds are valued and traded is included.

75751   GH 299-051   ASPECTS SUSTAIN     MOSSMAN A P    M  1-1:50  

Aspects of Sustainability: (1)  Aspects of Sustainability will introduce students to a range of sustainability issues, environmental and social as well as local and global. Using topics as varied as foods and conflict resolution as well as construction and music, the course will emphasize the reality and potential of human interaction in sustainability of living systems. Recognized presenters from the western Illinois community and national sustainability arena will present to the class in person and via Skype; students will discuss their learning and views in the following discussions; and they will write response papers, co-assessed by the instructors.


75752  GH 101-041   UTOPIA/DYSTOPIA   ROCCA A J   T TH   2-3:15 

UTOPIA/DYSTOPIA: (3) (General Education/Humanities and English 180 or 280) Consistent with the University theme of Environmental Sustainability, this course will examine six novels with respect to the relationship between the societies and their environments, both natural and cultural as well as balanced and unbalanced, in which they their writers place them.  The settings will be studied as points of comparison and contrast for the societies which do and do not thrive in their midst.  Depending on the novel under study, the larger environmental setting, either rural or urban, will be viewed, generally, as a complement or point of ironic contrast to the social engineering created as the writer’s central focus.  Such points as physical and mental health of the characters, their sense of freedom, ability to associate with other characters, and encouragement to develop the political justice serve as points of departure for class discussion and written assignments.  The principal goals of the class are to have students see the potentially positive relationship between nature and social health and the ability of the human spirit to overcome sometimes profoundly dysfunctional environments.


GH 301    M W F 11:00-11:50

Topic to be determined.

75124  REL 111H-002    WEST RELIGIONS   CARR A    T  TH     9:30-10:45 

WESTERN RELIGIONS: (3) (General Education/Humanities or Multicultural Studies) (Global Issues) A comparative introduction to the “religions of Abraham” –Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—with attention to historical development, scriptures, beliefs, practices, and diverse cultural expressions.



Financial Health: (2)  (General Education/Human Well-Being) Develops strategies for achieving and maintaining well-being through personal finance skills. Topics include well-being as it relates to cash management, credit management, sources of educational funding, rental agreements, basic investments, taxes, insurance, financial math, and career planning. Cannot be applied towards meeting the requirements for the Finance major or minor. Counts as General Honors course towards graduation requirements for Honors Scholar status.


74162  ECON 351-002   GLOBAL POVERTY   GHIMIRE SP W   3:00-5:30   

GLOBAL POVERTY: (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) (Global Issues) This course on global economic poverty utilizes economic principles to define, examine and analyze the scope and breadth of underlying poverty-related policy issues in developing and developed countries. Students in this course will learn to not only define and evaluate international measures of economic poverty but also gain greater appreciation for the underlying causes of global poverty and the intricate interconnections between different cultures and countries across the globe. The tools learned in this class and subsequent discussions will help our students better navigate and understand the often-unfamiliar world around them.  This course provides writing opportunities with revision possibilities to better develop students’ critical thinking skills.  Counts as GH course for satisfying graduation requirements for Honors Scholar status.

75124  REL 111H-2    WEST RELIGIONS   CARR A    T  TH     9:30-10:45 

WESTERN RELIGIONS: (3) (General Education/Humanities or Multicultural Studies) (Global Issues) A comparative introduction to the “religions of Abraham” –Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—with attention to historical development, scriptures, beliefs, practices, and diverse cultural expressions.


73625   COMM 241H-025  INTRO PUB SPKG    ZANOLLA D    MWF  11-11:50 

Introduction to Public Speaking: (3) (General Education/Communication Skills) Students in this honors class will receive the same amount of speaking experience and practical instruction as in other sections but will engage in a more intensive development of those speeches.  Each student will give three major speeches.  The first will be an informative visual presentation, the second will be an argumentative presentation, and the third major speech will be a persuasive presentation.  Students will also deliver some minor, upgraded speeches.

The course has two objectives.  The first is to have the students master the practicalities of public speaking.  They will learn and put into play the canonical principles of invention, organization, style, memory and delivery, and will do so in both informative and persuasive situations.  The second objective is to introduce students to the richness of rhetorical theory.  The section will be conducted in such a way as to promote both goals simultaneously.

Speeches will be critiqued by the instructor and the class according to the principles outlined in the texts and discussed in class.  With the exception of the days devoted to giving speech assignments, class will be conducted as a seminar and workshop.  Students will be expected to have read the material assigned and be prepared to raise issues about the readings.  Discussion will follow the students' reactions.  Counts as General Honors course towards graduation requirements for Honors Scholar status.


75754  GH 302-081  CITIZEN POLITICS   LEE J     T TH   12:30-1:45   

CITIZEN POLITICS: (3) (General Education/Social Sciences) This course is intended to guide students to examine critically the question of why ordinary citizens behave the way they do in politics. The course will cover four key topics on the politics of ordinary citizens—public opinion, political psychology, political participation, and voting behavior. Specifically, students will have the opportunity to analyze the following questions:

  • How do ordinary citizens make sense of politics, form opinions on issues of the day, and take part in the political process?
  • How can people arrive at political decisions while equipped with limited political information and capabilities to process that information?
  • Why do people participate in politics as much, or as little, as they do?
  • Why do different groups of people—in particular, different racial, ethnic, and gender groups—have different political preferences?

Students will also deal with the question of how best to ascertain the will of the people, if it exists.  In so doing, the course will provide a solid ground on which students may probe and understand the nature and characteristics of the principle of popular rule—the ultimate foundation of American democracy.

75755  GH 302-083  CHICAGO ECONOMY   SADLER T R   T TH   12:30-1:45   

Chicago Economy: (3) (General Education/Social Sciences)  This course tracks the growth of the Chicago Economy from the World’s Fair of 1893 to the modern-day city as a global economic and financial hub. The seminar-style course, intended for sophomore and junior level honors students (GH 302) is reading and writing intensive, with research papers that address four themes: (1) The Rise of Chicago from the 1893 World’s Fair—an influential economic event that had a profound effect on industry, international relations and Chicago’s self-image; (2) The growth of the city in the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century, including the economics of: Jane Addams and Hull House, the migration of thousands of African Americans from the south for industrial jobs, inequality, the roaring twenties, prohibition and organized crime; (3) From different socio-economic perspectives, especially middle and low income perspectives, economic growth and diversification from the mid-twentieth century to the present that put Chicago in position to both benefit and bear the burden of the twin forces of globalization and technological change. As Alana Semuels writes in The Atlantic (3/28/18), “Like many of America’s biggest cities, Chicago has thrived in the globalized world—at least on a superficial level…But this prosperity isn’t filtering down to (everyone because)…the legacy of segregation has made it difficult for poor families to gain access to the economic activity in other parts of the city…”; (4) Chicago as a city of neighborhoods or local economic engines: including Hyde Park (University of Chicago), the West Loop (corporate and tech sector), and Pilsen (inhabited originally by Czech, Italian, Polish and German immigrants and now Hispanics, working class, gateway for immigrants, and now gentrification). The point of the course is to address why Chicago is a tale of two cities: it routinely ranks in the top ten of the most economically integrated global cities, but neighborhoods of underrepresented and segregated residents, especially low-income, are unable to access the education and job opportunities that provide economic opportunity..



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